Central Africa


This country figured out how to stop teen substance abuse, so why has no one else?

Emma Young

Find out which nordic nation radically cut teenage smoking, drinking and drug use and how they did it.


Should you really be talking to your 10-year-old child about sex?

Pontsho Pilane

By the age of 10, children’s ideas about gender, relationships and violence are largely set in stone.


Why you should play with your children

Afrika Tikkun

Playtime isn't just about fun and games - find out why it's an important part of young children's development.


Penicillin shortages as pharma companies eye newer, more lucrative drugs

Keila Guimarães

Older antibiotic staples are no longer moneymakers. But as modern bugs evolve to outwit them, very few new drugs are ready to take their place.


Why you shouldn't be ashamed of your period

Pontsho Pilane, Demelza Bush

When we are socialised to believe something as natural as menstruation is dirty, those who bleed may feel embarrassed about their period.


Is racism making our children sick?

Joan van Dyk

Children who experience discrimination may be more at risk of mental and physical ill-health.


Will smacking your kids make them violent?

Demelza Bush, Joan van Dyk

Experts suggest that banning corporal punishment in the home could lead to a less violent society. Joan van Dyk explains.


Numbers of Africans sentenced to die soars

Pontsho Pilane

More than 1 000 Nigerians languish on death row.


How much sugar do you drink?

Mia Malan

Half a litre of Coke contains 10 teaspoons of sugar – almost the entire recommended daily sugar allowance. But fruit juice is as bad.


Busted: The myths that could be standing between you and the HIV prevention pill

Joan van Dyk

A single daily tablet could slash your risk of HIV infection, could it be for you?


Afraid of death? Take comfort that you’ll live on in varied and surprising ways

Moheb Costandi

Most of us would rather not know what happens to our bodies after death. But that breakdown gives birth to new life in unexpected ways.


How do water births help with pain relief?

Demelza Bush

Curious about water births and why they're becoming more popular? We give you the basics in under 2 minutes.


Women’s bodies are the battleground for civil liberties

Teldah Mawarire, Sara K Brandt

Female activists face persecution largely because their existence is an affront to the patriarchal nature of societies.


How your period could be messing with your mental health

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a diagnosable mental health condition. Never heard of it? You're not alone.


The future of take-away? I'll take a large pizza - and an HIV test - for delivery

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Home is where the heart is, they say – it could also be the future of HIV testing.


Nutrition remains single biggest ‘missed opportunity’ in health, says Gates

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Malnutrition contributes to almost half of all child deaths globally but receives 1% of foreign aid.


United Nations' first high-level meeting on TB could usher in a new world order

Yogan Pillay (author)

The global body heeds calls by SA health minister Aaron Motsoaledi for high-level meeting on age-old killer.


Watch list: Four things that could change healthcare as we know it

Nelisiwe Msomi

Fact may be stranger than science fiction as artificial intelligence moves into consulting rooms.


As if HIV treatment never happened and time stood still

In SA, HIV infection is no longer a death sentence but in countries like the Democratic Republic Congo, it's as if treatment never happened.


Viruses, vaccines and superbugs: The biggest health stories of 2016

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

This year wasn’t pretty but from its ashes may rise important scientific advances that could change the course of history.


Should you be keeping Santa’s secret from the kids?

Pontsho Pilane

Warning, this article contains sensitive details about Father Christmas. Kids, look away.


How to prevent HIV with a pill

Demelza Bush

Mia Malan answers six important questions about the HIV prevention pill in three minutes.


The pros and cons of C-sections and vaginal births

Pontsho Pilane

Planning for a baby? Before deciding on a birth plan, find out what you need to know to make an informed decision.


Six ways ARVs can help to end Aids by 2030

Kevin Rebe

Science knows more than ever about how to use HIV treatment to prevent new infections but will it be enough to end Aids?


Trying for a baby? Find out your chances of falling pregnant

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Figure out your odds of falling pregnant via in vitro fertilisation with this new online calculator


Will quackery guide Trump's global health policy?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The US remains one of the leading funders of global health but will this change on president-elect Donald Trump’s watch?


Cancer and heart disease: Can alcohol help you or hurt you?

Charles Parry

Drinking four glasses of wine a day can increase your chances of getting breast cancer by about 50%.


A sight for sore eyes: Teachers test pupils’ eyes to keep them in school

Imran Khan

Children need more than books to flourish at school. De-worming may be one of the most cost-effective ways to increase school participation in Africa.


Money can't be the only motive for developing life-saving medicines

Will the world act now to be ready for the next big outbreak?


Why is prostate cancer more aggressive in black men?

It's not yet known why prostate cancer affects black men worse than their white counterparts, but if you're a black man over 40, get yourself checked.